Thursday roundup: Americans prepare for FA Cup fixtures

The Equalizer Staff March 16, 2017 24

Also in today’s roundup, Breakers sign Morgan Andrews and Nadia Nadim is nominated for top Danish award.

Carli Lloyd shows off her new Manchester City jersey (photo: Manchester City)

Carli Lloyd could make her Manchester City debut in this weekend’s FA Cup matches. (photo: Manchester City)

Three NWSL stars–Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly and Crystal Dunn–made international headlines over the past couple of months after forgoing at least part of the 2017 NWSL season to sign with FA WSL clubs. Now, these expatriates face big challenges with their new clubs as all three may be making their competitive debuts in the SSE Women’s FA Cup this weekend.

Lloyd only recently joined Manchester City Women, participating in her first training session with the club on Tuesday. Despite joining the team so close to its March 18 fixture against Reading FC in the 5th Round of the FA Cup, Lloyd could very well start in her FA WSL debut this weekend. At the very least, fans will likely see Lloyd take the field for City, even if only as a second-half substitute.

On Sunday, March 19, both Arsenal Ladies and Chelsea Ladies compete in their own 5th Round matches. Heather O’Reilly and Arsenal will be taking on Tottenham Hotspur Ladies, while Dunn and Chelsea Ladies will face the Doncaster Rovers Belles. Both O’Reilly and Dunn have not only been training with their clubs for a while now, but have taken the field for their teams in exhibition matches. O’Reilly played for Arsenal against an all-star team in Kelly Smith’s farewell match, while Dunn has appeared in multiple preseason matches for Chelsea. Dunn even scored her first goal in a 2-0 win over Fortuna Hjorring at the end of the team’s preseason training camp back in February.

Breakers sign Morgan Andrews

Morgan Andrews officially signed with the Boston Breakers. (photo courtesy USC Women's Soccer Twitter)

Morgan Andrews officially signed with the Boston Breakers. (photo courtesy USC Women’s Soccer Twitter)

The Boston Breakers announced today that they had officially signed midfielder Morgan Andrews ahead of the 2017 season. Andrews was selected by the Breakers as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft, the Breakers’ second pick of the draft.

Andrews is coming to Boston off quite an impressive collegiate career. In December Andrews won the College Cup Final with the USC Trojans, opening up scoring just minutes into the contest and assisting on the championship-winning goal in a 3-1 win over the no. 1-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers. Her goal, her 10th for the season, is the fastest goal ever scored in a College Cup Final. She was also named a finalist for the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious award in college soccer.

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“She’s a technically gifted midfielder with a great passing range. I’m looking forward to seeing her take them qualities at the pro level,” head coach Matt Beard said.

In two season at USC, Andrews scored 22 goals and registered 8 assists in 47 matches played. She also earned consecutive All-Pac-12 First Team honors in her two years as a Trojan. Prior to transferring to USC, Andrews played at Notre Dame, where she recorded 13 goals and 10 assists.

Most recently, Andrews competed with the U.S. U-23 women’s national team in a three-game series in La Manga, Spain. She helped the team leave Spain with a 2-1 record, scoring the game-winning goal in the team’s 2-1 win over Norway in their final match of the series.

The Breakers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick, Rose Lavelle, on Feb. 27.

Nadia Nadim nominated for major Danish award

Nadia Nadim in one of four women nominated for the Denmark Women’s Player of the Year award. The award is presented by the Dansk Boldspil-Union, the Danish soccer union, and is the top award for women soccer players in the country.  

Nadim is nominated for the award both for her contributions on the Denmark women’s national team, but also in the NWSL with the Portland Thorns. The forward started in all 20 matches played for the Thorns, leading the team in goals scored (10), points (23) and shots (40). Her play helped her club win the 2016 Shield before falling to the Western New York Flash in the semifinals. Nadim also tore her lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in that match, resulting in offseason surgery. 

Also nominated for the award are Pernille Harder, Janni Jjalbert and former-Seattle Reign FC midfielder Katrine Veje. The award will be presented at the Danish Football Awards on Monday, March 20. Fans who want to vote may do so by clicking on the link in the tweet above.

  • Bruce

    Washington Spirit implement dynamic pricing for single game tickets based on “anticipated demand”. In other words, expect price gouging if you purchase on game day.

    That’s a pretty bold move for a club that just blew up its roster and p!ssed off a good percentage of its fan base.

    Any other NWSL teams doing this?

    http://washingtonspirit.com/pro/washington-spirit-2017-home-opener-championship-rematch-tickets-on-sale/

    • Rdalford

      the anticipated demand dynamic pricing does appear to a be a “first” for NWSL clubs. the announcement from Washington Spirit does note that range of pricing ($30 to $90) is capped … so slightly limited price gouging
      “Also a first, single game ticket pricing will vary throughout the season based on anticipated demand, though the range of pricing is capped”

      Boston has in the past (and again this year) charged a couple extra dollars for day of the game tickets purchase (looks like $2 or $3 increase over buying the single game ticket in advance) but not had dynamic pricing.
      both Boston and Washington (and perhaps other NWSL teams) increased ticket prices this year.
      These teams with smaller capacity stadiums ( FCKC, Boston, Washington, & Sky Blue) do face ticket revenue challenges – but there is a price point where fans will make other choices (and most of these teams are in markets with many other options for sports/entertainment $$$)

      • Rdalford

        ” … range of pricing is capped”
        the Washington Spirt site quotes the following ranges
        GA $20-$30
        Std $30-$40
        Premium $40-$50
        Vip $50-$60
        Field side $60-$90

        so dynamic pricing is within those ranges for those seat categories

        • Steglitz49

          plus parking at how much? $5 or $20?

          • Rdalford

            parking is free at Maryland soccerplex

          • Steglitz49

            Vow! Knock me over with a feather. Communism by the back door? Mind you, at the ticket-prices quoted, parking ought to be included.

      • Steglitz49

        Most European WoSo club matches cost you $5 to $10 to attend. A few clubs can charge $15 but not many.

        The FA women’s Cup final is maybe an extreme case because the main sponsor, SSE, is again paying for kids to go free! The Final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday May 13th, kick off 5:15pm (11:15 Eastern).

        Kids go FREE, while adult tickets are £15 (ca $18-20) and concessions (OAPs and students) are £5 (ca $6-7) each. Group discounts are available for groups of 9+. (Maximum online group size is 49 tickets. For 50+ tickets please call their Customer Services team on: UK+ 0800 169 2007 option 7).

    • Som Termanni

      On top of the ticket price scaling, they’ll also reduce the number of GA tickets for “popular games” (“With the reduction of available General Admission seating areas for our most popular games …” and “Sections 114-117 are marked as “Semi-General” because they may not be available for General Admission seating for every game, as these sections will become “assigned seating” for marquee games.”)

      They also eliminated the GA flex pack.

      • Steglitz49

        Supply and demand.

        Maybe NWSL WoSo is not very price sensitive in that it could be an all or none market. People either go and pay or don’t go along.

    • john

      I’m curious about which games will be affected. From my years as a Spirit fan imo the only current players who ever made an attendance bump are Morgan and Rapinoe. Harris and Krieger returning will probably be a factor this season.

  • Steglitz49

    In the 5th round proper anything can happen. This where the top teams enter the competition. The fans hope for giant-killing but also that their team goes through. The fixtures are with home team first and their division inside ():

    Notts County (1) – Yeovil Town (1)
    Liverpool (1) – Everton (2) – a classic Merseyside derby
    Arsenal (1) – Tottenham Hotspur (3) – a classic north London derby
    Sunderland (1) – Aston Villa (2)
    Birmingham City (1) – West Bromwich Albion (3) – a Midland derby
    Bristol City (1) – Millwall Lionesses (2)
    Manchester City (1) – Reading (1)
    Chelsea (1) – Doncaster Belles (2)

    • Steglitz49

      It is difficult to see any upsets among this lot. Maybe Millwall could knock Bristol out of the Cup and Yeovil Town cause an upset at Notts County, else it looks like going with their rankings.

    • The independent Observer

      Nobody cares. There is an indoor Bridge tournament for women over 75 in Middlesbrough on Saturday. This will be more exciting.

      Wolfsburg plays against Munich. The outcome may already determine who will play UWCL next year and who not. Bundesliga leader Turbine Potsdam hosts Monchengladbach. This should be a comfortable win.

      PSG plays in Marseille. This could be a difficult one. Montpellier has to travel to Guingamp. They have to be careful there as well. Lyon should have no problems with Albi.

      • Steglitz49

        In the recently (March 15th) completed QF of the ladies DFB-Pokal the results were:
        — Freiburg bt Frankfurt 2-0; Sand bt Werder Bremen 1-0; Wolfsburg bt Bayern Munich 2-0; and Bayer Leverkusen bt Cloppenburg 2-0.

        I have not seen the draw for the SFs which will be on April 17th.

  • guest123

    Off-topic: Australian, Teigen Allen signing with Valerangan (Norway). Same team as Michelle Betos.

    https://twitter.com/Teigenallen/status/842520487951548417

    • Steglitz49

      Vålerenga is a suburb of Oslo, the capital of Norway. The men’s team use Ullevaal stadium; don’t know about their ladies.

      • guest

        soccerway lists Vallhall Arena 5500 seats

    • guest123

      Another signing for Valarenga. Ari Romero from Mexico.

      https://twitter.com/chris_awk/status/842770242828980226

  • Bruce

    Off Topic: Interview with Syd re: return to FCKC and challenges of coming back to the league after maternity leave.

    https://twitter.com/SpecSportsKC/status/842173332996812800

    • Steglitz49

      Marit Björgen came back from maternity leave to dominate the World Championships in Lahtis (co-equal with Maiken Caspersen Falla, granted).

  • Silver Frost

    Midfielder Morgan Andrews. Has a nice WNT ring to it. Ellis needs to call her up and ditch MO Brian.

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